South Platte: Cheesman Canyon
Weekly Overview from FlyCastUSA.com:
December 9, 2109
Flows at Cheesman continue to rise making for slightly better conditions. Trout continue to feed at consistent rates, but most prominently during the late morning and afternoon. Air temps this week are expected to remain at or below freezing so don’t expect much in the way of feeding during the early hours. Given sub-freezing temps, trout will be hesitant to move about the water, despite elevated flows and cloud cover most of the week. Look to fish the the slower pools and runs and go with a heavy nymph rig. Much like the rest of the South Platte, presentation will be key. Small yarn indicators and 6x tippet will put you at better odds. Ensure plenty of weight so as to reach the depths of the water and go with short clean casts so as to not spook these already skittish trout. Sight fishing and stealth will make all the difference on this tricky tailwater. Observe the water from a high point along the bank and the approach each location with caution.
Ideal Days to Fish: Wednesday, Saturday & Sunday
Sub-surface: RS2 (#20-22), Barr’s Emerger (#20-22), Chocolate Thunder (#20-22), JuJu Baetis (#20-22), Mercury Pheasant Tail (#20-22), WD 40 (#20-22), Mercury Midge (#22-24), Black Beauty (#22-26), Zebra Midge (#20-24), Blood Midge (#20-22), Disco Midge (#20-22), Guides Choice Hares Ear (#16-18), red Copper John (#18-20), Rainbow Warrior (#18-20), egg patterns, pink/green scud, leech pattern and San Juan Worm.
Surface: Parachute Adams (#22-24), Griffiths Gnat (#20-22) and Chubby Chernobyl (#10-12).
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